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Ways to Keep Your Computer Running Fast at Your Apartment Near The Villages

If you’re not careful, after a few years of use, computer may begin to slow down. Whether you primarily use a laptop, desktop PC, or tablet at your PepperTree apartment, loading up your computer with files and various software programs can eventually overload your computer’s processor, RAM (random access memory), or hard drive space. Once this occurs, you will experience a noticeable slowdown in your computer’s performance. Fortunately, once this process has begun, there is no reason for you to give up and purchase a new computer. There are a variety of techniques that you can use to keep your computer running fast and error free.

In order to keep the computer at your apartment near The Villages running at maximum capacity, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Defragment periodically – Nearly every file found on your computer is fragmented, meaning that the individual bits that make up the file are separated and stored in multiple locations on your hard drive. When this fragmentation accrues over time and becomes excessive, it can slow down your computer’s critical processes noticeably. To avoid this, defragment your computer. Most operating systems have a built-in defragmentation tool which organizes and pieces together your files, allowing your computer to read them more efficiently. Defragmentation typically takes over an hour, so try to leave your computer defragmenting overnight or during another period where you won’t be using it.

  • Clear data cache regularly – Many computer systems have a built in system where you can clear your computer’s data cache quickly and efficiently. This helps to clean up your total hard drive storage, which can slow down your computer as it fills up. When you wipe your data cache, you clean up all of the extra stored copies of files that are hidden on your computer’s hard drive, such as image thumbnails, automatically created backups, as well as Internet cookies and temporary files. By clearing these files from your computer, your device should run more smoothly as well as help you save space for more apps or downloads. As with defragmentation, most operating systems have a built-in data clearing utility.

  • Invest in good virus protection – The final major cause of computer slowdowns is malicious programs like viruses, spyware, and worms. These insidious programs can embed themselves in the background processes of your computer, gradually taking up more space and more system resources until there is none left and your computer crashes. The best way to avoid this problem is to never “contract” these programs in the first place by having good firewall protection and an excellent virus scan program. Once virus protection is installed, make sure to update it regularly so that it has the latest safeguards available.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to having a computer that runs like quicksilver. If you are not yet a resident of PepperTree Apartment Homes and would like to learn more about our apartment units or many community amenities, contact our leasing office today.